It's been some while since I was last here, six or seven months I think. I hope everyone is keeping well in these difficult times.
In the summer last year I decided to revisit my childhood by buying an Atco 14" De Luxe. It needed a little bit of tinkering with and an oil change and once done ran reasonably well, and still does. Over the last few months, when time was available, I've stripped some of the panels back to bare metal and resprayed them and it's coming on OK. With this lock down, I'm doing more on it.
After buying the 14" Atco, a few weeks later I purchased a 17" one that was a none runner. Just last week, after cleaning and gapping the points without success, I eventually got around to changing the coil (and the points in the end), and I'm happy to say it now roars into life. Although, today, I feared for the worst, as when I tried to start it, it would only turn over a little bit and then stuck. I wondered if something major had let go internally, but I was pleased to find on removing the flywheel that the new ECC screw I'd fitted had come loose and was jamming things up.
Anyhow, I've a couple of questions that the knowledgeable here might be able to help with.
Firstly, I'm worried about that ECC screw coming loose again. Should it be fixed in any way? Can it be fixed in place?
Secondly, I'm aiming to replace the front rollers on the 14". I've removed the rollers from the mower on the spindle, but I cannot get the rollers off the spindle. There's a large nut on one end which I imagine just needs to be undone, but it's not moving. I just want to check that it's just rust stopping it, and that I'm not missing a simple trick of how to remove it. Photo attached.